Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|West Bruce & Laing|
Live 'N' Kickin'
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
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LIVE ROCK AT ITS BEST
Lawrence A. Strid | Mission Viejo, CA | 02/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WBL have often been unfairly compared to Cream, and except for the Jack Bruce/Felix Pappalardi link and the fact that both bands were a power trio format, I think this is unfair. They had their own sound, and this excellent live outing showcases them in all of their glory. The sound quality is excellent, and there are only 4 tunes on the album, because of their length (which begs the question which vault the rest of the live tracks are languishing in -- this should have been originally released as a two album set), and they include:
Play With Fire: The Stone's classic is given a heavy metal finish, with Jack and Leslie trading off on vocals and Corky doing an inventive drum solo.
The Doctor: The live outing of one of the studio tracks on their debut album, Why Dontcha', featuring searing slide work by Leslie.
Politician: Better than the live outings by Cream, no kiddin'.
Powerhouse Sod: This track features an absolutely mind-bending bass solo by Jack, which I found both surprising and long overdue given the fact that he never really did any bass solos when he was with Cream, except for a brief one on one of the takes of "Steppin' Out" from the Cream at the BBC CD.
The bottom-line is that if you are a fan of Mountain, Leslie West, Jack Bruce, Cream, or any in your face heavy rock, you will eat this up with a spoon and write the label to demand that they release the rest of their live inventory."
70s Hard Rock Excess in it's Purest Form
E. Beezy | LA, California | 10/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"West, Bruce and Laing's "Live N Kickin" CD is an amazing snapshot of this incendiary, but short lived super-group. Unlike their two studio albums, "Live" captures this group at its fiery best; they simply ATTACK this material, leaving no prisoners. "Play with Fire" is a stones cover, and is reminiscent of the "Why Doncha" cut, "Love is Worth the Blues". This song stretches for over 13 minutes, and does ramble a bit, but its great listening for musicians and aficionados alike. The version of "Politician" on this CD kills any other version, way better than any Cream version, live or studio. "The Doctor" simply rips, and "Powerhouse Sod" has Jack Bruce throwing down like no other bassist of his time. If you are a fan of Cream or Mountain or 70s hard rock, this would be a great buy."
Stephen Brown | Redlands Ca USA | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is quite possibly the finest live hard rock album ever! (with apologies to Grand Funk, Uriah Heep and Humble Pie all of whom put out awsome live albums!) I still cant believe it has taken this long for someone to wake up and release this gem! My old vinyl version wore out long ago and I have been listening to a poor CD copy taken off Napster several years ago. Now I can get the real thing! Leslie West is in the top tier of guitarist as far as I am concerned, right up there with Hendrix, Blackmore, Van Halen, Nugent and Alvin Lee! Jack Bruce is the finest hard rock bassist on the planet! (when he rocks, not when he tries to get artsy!) And he ROCKS on this album! Corky Laing is a very good drummer and compliments West and Bruce very well. Buy it, put it on and TURN IT UP!"